Shahla Sepehr Bebe has lived in Los Angeles since 1986, her final destination in her life long journey, which started in Tehran and continued in Salt Lake City, Utah. In Los Angeles, she collaborated with the local media as a graphic artist and founded an advertising agency, which brought her in contact with photographers and began her interest in fine art photography.
By 1996, photography had become shahla’s profession and passion. Her life experiences led her to fine art photography as the best medium for artistic expression. The passion for fine art photography became evident in shahla’s work only after she obtained her training and certificate in photography at Santa Monica College where she studied and explored artistic creative. It was this commitment since 1997, that brought Shahla’s photographs, both color and black and white, to various exhibitions in the States, Canada, and Europe.
In 2000, Shahla was featured in a group exhibition titled “ Veiling / Unveiling.” Her piece titled “Shame” was so well received that a Los Angles Times art critic opened a review of the exhibition with an applause of her art work. In another international group exhibit in 2001 that was sponsored by “Women in Photography international” at the House of Photographic Art in San Juan Capistrano. Shahlla’s piece, titled “The Unknown Woman” was ranked third among works exhibited by 65 women photographer. In 2002 her photographs were selected for exhibit at the “photo LA” fine art convention held at the Santa Monica Convention Center. “Photo LA” is the largest and longest running photographic art exhibition on the west coast.
Shahla has maintained a keen involvement with different groups and organizations dealing with political and social concerns. Most prominent of her concerns have been gender issues. She believes that the medium of photography creates a unique and powerful means to speak about issues that torment or exhilarate her.
Shahla Sepehr Bebe is currently a member of variety of professional organizations, including PPAGLA(Press Organization Association of Greater Los Angeles), WIPI (Women in Photography International), SIVA (Society of Visual Art), and APA (Advertising Photographers of America.)
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